New party 'not linked to ANC'

2012-11-07 09:54
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Johannesburg - The Economic Freedom Fighters dismissed the idea that a new political party, the SA National Congress, could have been registered by those who want change in the ANC.

"It has come to our attention that there are people who are spreading rumours," the group said in a statement.

It was a "rumour" that "those who advocate for change of leadership and policy direction in the ANC" had registered the new party.

"We place it on record that there is no political party registered to stand against the ANC, because the ANC will be saved from dictatorship, corruption, fraud, tribalism, mediocrity and manipulations at the 53rd National Conference in December 2012."

Those spreading the rumour were supporters of President Jacob Zuma, the group alleged.

The media should be careful about its reporting, as no such political party had been registered.

"The IEC has not published any Gazette on [the] formation of SANC, and yet Business [Day] and The Times write news reports as if there is such a Gazette," the group said.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said his party would oppose the SANC's registration.

"If it is true that there are people who intend to register their party with the name of the South African National Congress, the ANC will oppose such registration," he said.

"At the moment, we are investigating whether there is any truth in this matter."

So far the party had been unable to identify any person involved.

However, it was true the ANC would appeal the registration, as the name would confuse the public, Mthembu said.

Business Day reported on Tuesday that a new political party - SANC - was being launched.

A notice was published in the Government Gazette last month to announce the formation of the SANC, the daily reported.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza told the newspaper he was aware of the party's registration, but did not know who its founders were.

The ANC would file an objection with the Independent Electoral Commission about the party's name, he said.

Quoting an unnamed government official, Business Day reported that the party was associated with a group which called itself "forces of change" and was opposed to President Jacob Zuma being re-elected as ANC leader.

The group wanted Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe as the next ANC president, and if this did not happen, it hoped to launch a new opposition party before the next general elections in 2014.

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